Do like catching some big fish in a river or off the beach but your regular fishing pole just does not cut it? It would be crazy to risk breaking your standard size fishing pole when the best surf rod can handle that job easily. After all, there is nothing like the thrill of landing a larger size fish.
In this article, I will take a closer look at some of the highest quality surf rods and also tell you a little bit about what to look for when shopping for one.
Summary: Top 5 Surf Rod Models
Editor’s Rating (out of 5.0)
Surf Rod Buying Guide
Here is what I think are the main features to consider when you are buying your next surf rod:
You always have to consider length when you are looking at any model surf rod you want to purchase. Typical surf rods are usually between 9 to 14 feet in length but the majority of surf fishermen choose a size between 10 to 12 feet.
Rod length factors into many aspects of surf fishing. For one, the length of the rod directly affects casting ability. Typically speaking the longer the surf rod the further you can cast. A longer surf rod will also provide you with more leverage also when you are trying to land bigger size fish.
- Material made of
Let’s face it when you are surf fishing you are most likely going after some larger and heavier fish. That means you will need a surf rod that can handle this. Typical surf rods are made out of such durable materials such as graphite, fiberglass, and composite plastics. Graphite and composite rods tend to hold up better than fiberglass and also tend to reduce a surf rod’s weight a little more.
The weight of the surf rod you buy will factor highly into your buying decision for many reasons. The most obvious one is that the heavier you fishing rod the quicker using it will tire you out. That is not the only consideration for the weight of the rod you will choose either.
More weight usually means more the more strength you surf rod has. Weight also plays a vital role in casting. The heavier your surf rod the more momentum you will generate with casting. That means heavier surf rods will typically help you cast further than lighter ones.
- Type of fish going after
This one has to do with the strength of the pole and what type of reel and line you will put on it. If you are using a standard surf fishing rod and you are going after small to medium size fish you shot not have any problems but if you are going after some sizable type of fish you better be using longer poles that are thick and made out of composite materials. so you will have to determine what type of fish you will be catching in order to fine tune the exact requirements you need from your new surf rod.
Surf Rod Reviews
Sea Striker is a popular company when it comes to surf rod manufacturers and this model definitely does not disappoint. It uses lightweight graphite and composite materials that will let you enjoy a day surf fishing with a rod that can easily handle the weight of some big fish.
It’s a surf rod that is built to hold up well under the tough saltwater conditions that often accompany any surf fishing trip. This Sea Striker rod uses such corrosion resistant parts as aluminum oxide guide loops, Stainless steel rod hoods, and a graphite reel seat.
The grips on this rod are made using comfortable and somewhat tacky EVA polymer material and this surf rod also has a UV protective coating adding to it for all day sun protection. This Sea Striker rod comes highly recommended for cut bait type surf fishing.
- Lightweight graphite/composite
- Aluminum oxide guide loops
- EVA polymer grips
- UV protective coating
- Stainless steel hoods
- Graphite reel seat
- A little heavy for a composite rod
- Not great for cast & retrieve type surf fishing
If you like to really feel the battle with your fish when you are using a surf rod then you will really like this model. Okuma has designed it to be lightweight and responsive so you will have lots of fun when reeling in any good size fish from the surf.
It is made using durable and strong carbon fiber material but that is not all that makes this a quality surf fishing rod. Features such as its stainless steel guide frames, Zirconium guide inserts, and non-slip rubber tapered grip all add to its outstanding performance and durability when using it while surf fishing.
There is not much risk when you purchase this surf rod either. It comes backed up by a nice limited lifetime warranty.
- Carbon fiber composite rod
- Super sensitive design
- Stainless steel guide frames
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Non slip rubber tapered grip
- Zirconium guide inserts
- Guides are to the small size for a surf rod
- Best when used only with braided line
If you are looking to have some serious fun while surf fishing then this is a model rod you will want to take a closer look at. It’s durable, strong and responsive thanks to its lightweight and responsive graphite fiber construction.
Fiblink put much thought into the design of this motel. You can tell because it has such outstanding features as a nice non-slip rubber grip and stainless steel guides with ceramic inserts. It is a moderately fast action surf rod that is equally good for using baits or lures. Its 12-foot length will also help you cast further without much effort.
This rod won’t tire you out fast when using it thanks to its very light 14-ounce weight. When matched with the right lightweight reel it will help you fish longer and more comfortably than you can with heavier surf rod setups.
- Sensitive graphite material
- Stainless steel guides with ceramic inserts
- Non-slip rubber grip
- Lightweight 14 ounces
- At 12’ it’s great for long distance casting
- Can be used for both bait and lure surf fishing
- Almost too much play when you have a bigger fish on the line
- The quality of the eye loops could be improved
With this nice fishing rod from a hurricane it’s all about the action once you get that fish on the line and fight it through the surf. It has the perfect combination of length and durability to land both small and medium-sized ocean fish.
This is a fiberglass surf rod that is double dipped to give it strength. It also features anti-corrosive aluminum oxide guides, a true graphite reel seat and a lightweight corked wrap handle grip. Its one-piece tip gives it the extra strength you need from it when you have a good sized fish on the line.
You don’t have to worry about arm fatigue when you use this fishing rod if you match it with the right reel. It weighs in at just a little over 1 pound.
- Made using extra-strong fiberglass blanks
- Aluminum oxide guides
- Reel seat is made of graphite
- Lightweight cork handle
- Single piece tip
- Weighs just over a pound
- Not great for very large size fish
- A little light for super long casting
Here is an affordable model fiberglass fishing rod made by the reputable Daiwa Company of Japan. It is a great introductory fishing rod for those that are new to surf fishing or only fish occasionally.
It has many nice features for an inexpensive surf road. Features like its non-slip EVA handle grip, rubber butt end cap and composite reel seat are characteristics you usually only find on more expensive surf rod models.
This surf rod is a little to the heavy side at 1.5 pounds but if you don’t fish for longer periods of time you will find it very budget friendly. It is built tough to withstand the rigors that often accompany catching large fish in the rough surf too.
- Extra-strong fiberglass construction
- EVA handle grip
- Heavy gauge metal guides with ceramic inserts
- Composite reel seat
- Weighs 1.5 pounds
- Rubber butt end cap
- Best used for bait fishing only
- Too heavy for extended use
Which model surf rod do I prefer out of all those that were reviewed here? That would definitely have to be the Fiblink 2-Piece Graphite Surf Fishing Rod because of its overall versatility and how well it’s constructed.
With its main body graphite construction, you get an excellent feel when you get a fish on your line, yet it stays just stiff enough to help you land that big fish too. With its 12’ foot length you can also easily cast past the breaking surf.
When you factor in its stainless steel guides with ceramic inserts, its non-slip rubber grip and the fact it weighs only 14 ounces, then this surf rod merits some serious consideration before you make your surf rod purchase.